Once you’ve got your red, white and blue ice cream, Pinterest-perfect decorations and all your amazing friends, the only thing your Fourth of July BBQ needs is a solid selection of lawn games. If you grew up playing horseshoes, corn hole and bocce ball, bring back those childhood faves with a modern twist. As you’re prepping your Independence Day activities, spruce up an old board game with a psychedelic paint job or turn an old classic into a giant-sized adventure that kids of all ages will love. Once you’re done, it’s game time (after you Instagram it, of course). Keep reading for 15 fun DIY games that will make your Fourth of July party the hottest bash on the block.
2. DIY Giant Jenga: Because everything is more fun when it’s giant sized. Paint the outer edge of the blocks with a few coats of colorful house paint to make the tower extra pretty, and get ready for a bit of fun competition. (via Brit + Co)
3. Giant Scrabble: A traditional game of Scrabble has 100 tiles (eek!), so you might want to consider cutting down on that a bit. Stock up on wood tiles at your local hardware store, then use paint or stencils to get the letters on each tile. And don’t forget the points in the lower right corner! (via Consider the Peel)
4. DIY Horse Shoes: Embroidery thread isn’t just for friendship bracelets — it’s also for making the cutest set of horseshoes you ever did see. Start by spray painting the horseshoes and the stake, and then wrap them in a thread for a colorful, boho-chic look. (via Mr. Kate)
5. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss: This game could totally double as yard decor after the holiday weekend is over. If you have a nice grassy area available and you’re short on time or are sticking to a budget, skip the pots and just stick the flamingos straight into the ground. Otherwise, fill mini planters with sand or soil to keep your flamingos upright. (via Sugar & Cloth)
6. DIY Lawn Checkers: Just ignore the funny looks the hardware guys give you when you stock up on a cartful of bucket lids. Spray paint half of them black for a traditional color palette, or shock your uncle with a snazzy set of pink and orange checker pieces. (via Lilyshop)
7. DIY Color Block Games: Make sure there’s a game station for all ages and interests. While the rest of the crew is battling it out at the corn hole game, set up a couple of these rad color-dipped board games to keep everyone entertained. (via Brit + Co)
8. DIY Giant Lawn Matching Game: This game is perf for the backyard — it’s made with cork tiles, so it’s totally reusable and light enough for the little ones to carry around. There are printables for all these symbols so you can have a summertime themed set, but feel free to get creative and come up with your own stencils. (via Studio DIY)
9. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe: The traditional version might not be “cool” enough for the kids, but give them a giant version and they’ll be all over it. This game actually takes a lot of skill to get the frisbees to land exactly right. (via Better Homes and Gardens)
10. DIY Yard Yahtzee: Supersize this old-school game, and let the good times roll with these giant dice. This DIY even includes a free printable scorecard so you can refresh your memory on a winning strategy. (via Style Me Pretty)
11. DIY Cactus Ring Toss: Ring toss just got a very trendy upgrade. If you’d rather spend your budget on tasty snacks and cocktails, you’ll love that this yard game is made out of nothing more than cardboard boxes and paint. Bonus: You can use these adorable cacti as home decor later. (via Brit + Co)
12. DIY Bocce Balls: When it comes time to bust out the bocce balls, make sure your color scheme is on point and in full patriotic form. Spruce up an old set of balls with a starry makeover and a fresh coat of paint. (via Brit + Co)
13. DIY Star Spangled Yard: Give your lawn the star-spangled treatment this weekend. And don’t panic: it’s not paint. Cut a star shape from a piece of cardboard, spray the grass lightly with water and use a flour sifter to fill the shape with flour. The stars should last until your sprinklers wash them away. (via Better Homes and Gardens)
14. DIY Custom Cornhole: This game is practically a requirement at all summer festivities. You can totally DIY it from scratch, or you can try this simple makeover for your very own custom set. (via Brit + Co)
15. DIY Yard Tic Tac Toe: Bring along this little game to your neighborhood block party, and get ready for it to be an instant hit. You can use any sized letters for this DIY, but the bigger the letters are, the more fun (and photogenic) it will be. (via Hey Let’s Make Stuff)
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